The Doctrine Of The Trinity Essay

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The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most mysterious doctrines of Christianity that has caused much controversy throughout church history. Some of the debate resulted from a wrong view that the Trinity means that there are three distinct gods—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a mode of polytheism which historical Christianity rejects. The doctrine of the Trinity is defined by John Piper: “The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one in essence and three in person.” This is an important doctrine because it tells us who God is, what He is like, and how we relate to Him. The Bible does not teach that there are three gods (cf. Duet. 6:4). Rather, as stated above, God is one in essence and three in person. There are many passages in the New Testament that affirm this biblical doctrine. One of the clearest texts that affirm the Trinity is John 1:1-5. In the first few verses we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John makes a distinction between the Word (logos) and God. The word “with” is significant in this passage because in the Greek it means “face.” This passage says that the Word of God was face to face with God. The Word of God has a personal, intimate relationship with God. R.C. Sproul says, “John is indicating that the logos was in the closest possible…

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